At the end of the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship, the top 10 college football teams were Ohio State, Oregon, TCU, Alabama, Michigan State, Florida State, Baylor, Georgia Tech, Georgia and UCLA, in that order. This list is created from an Associated Press poll of sports writers and broadcasters.
This list reflects the results of the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship, in which Ohio State beat Oregon in the championship match. Alabama lost to Ohio State, and Florida State lost to Oregon in the previous matches. To determine who advanced into the playoffs, the College Football Playoff Selection Committee ranked the top 25 teams of the 2014 preseason. The committee consists primarily of experienced former football players and coaches. The committee chose Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Ohio State as the top four teams, in that order. The remaining six teams, who did not advance into the playoffs, were Baylor, TCU, Mississippi State, Michigan State, Ole Miss and Arizona. While those teams did not compete in the playoffs, they were still eligible to compete in other bowl games. Differences between AP's list of the top 10 teams and the selection committee's rankings are explained by the results of the playoffs and the various bowl games, which saw some winning teams climb the rankings.